Grand Final Player Of The Match Re-Signs For One More Year

Sydney FC’s Liberty A-League Grand Final winning Player of the Match Mackenzie Hawkesby has re-signed for one more season.

The 24-year old midfielder initially returned to the Sky Blues in January until the end of this campaign but has agreed a 12 month extension to her contract.

Player of the Grand Final Hawkesby (right) has re-signed for another 12 months.

Hawkesby was instrumental in Sydney FC’s charge towards a record fifth Championship and seventh consecutive Grand Final appearance, with five goals and three assists.

The three-time Premiership winner is excited to be representing the club for another year.

“I absolutely love playing for Sydney FC, I am Sky Blue and bleed Sky Blue,” she said.

“I knew I would enjoy coming back here whatever happened this season and I had a fire burning inside of me; so I’m delighted to be returning next year as well.

“It’s a great club with a great group of girls, excellent training facilities and a fantastic culture so I can’t wait to defend our title.”

Hawkesby scored a goal in each semi-final leg.

Head Coach Ante Juric believes Hawkesby’s signing is the first piece of the puzzle for next season and winning a third successive Championship.

“Mackenzie changed the course of our season and thankfully she is coming back next year,” he said.

“She’s a born winner and a leader and she will be a hugely important part of our squad next season.

“Having her on board will give us an excellent chance of retaining our Championship.”

Hawkesby becomes the fourth Championship winner to re-commit to the Sky Blues this season following the re-signings of Natalie Tobin, Abbey Lemon and Margaux Chauvet.